Loki’s unusual coloring is the result of a breeding program that began in the 1950s in Russia called the Farm-Fox Domestication Experiment. He was kept as an illegal pet and then surrendered to Earthfire Institute. Loki is submissive and loving due to genetic tinkering, and would never be able to survive in the wild. His immediate friendliness to visitors makes him a quick favorite (although we remind people that they are not allowed to have favorites). He delights in soft petting and playing with plush stuffed animals.
A few weeks ago, our very beloved fox Loki passed away due to kidney failure. He was with us for nine glorious years, quite long for a fox that had been so inbred. He was the result of a long-term breeding experiment in Russia to study the process of domestication.